SUPTS. MEMO. NO. 124
July 25, 1997
||Paul D. Stapleton
Superintendent of Public Instruction
||HB 2764: Bloodborne Pathogen Training for School Personnel
and Management of Exposure-Prone Incidents in Schools
The 1997 General Assembly, through HB 2764, amended Section 22.1-271.3 of the Code of Virginia to require school boards to ensure that school personnel who have direct contact with students receive training in "the etiology, prevention, transmission modes, and effects of blood-borne pathogens, specifically, hepatitis B and human immunodeficiency viruses or any other infections that are the subject of regulations promulgated by the Safety and Health Codes board of the Virginia Occupational Safety and Health Program within the Department of Labor and Industry." The bill also requires local health directors to provide medical advice to Division Superintendents regarding possible exposures of school personnel to blood or body fluids of students. Attached is a copy of a memorandum from the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) to District Health Directors. As you will note, local health departments may be able to help you in planning for the required training. Further, the manual Guidelines for Specialized Health Care Procedures, distributed to each school in 1996, contains useful information in training of school personnel. The attached memorandum also advises District Health Directors of their responsibilities in investigating incidences of school employee exposure to blood or body fluids. You are encouraged to contact the appropriate person to develop procedures for your school division. Questions about this matter may be referred to H. Douglas Cox, Director, Office of Special Education and Student Services. Mr. Cox may be reached at (804) 225-2402 or by E-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. RTL/hdc Attachment: A hard copy of this memo and its attachment will be sent to the superintendent's office.